Originally Posted by Stumbles Sr.
What resources would you recommend to a very novice builder? Any books/ videos/ anecdotes/ advice you have to share would be greatly appreciated. Specifically looking at flooring at the moment.
Welcome. I think you'll find this site is full of helpful people with good advice and a wide variety of opinions. I'd start with using a Google search for this site to find existing threads (go to Google and search "flooring site:skoolie.net").
I'm (slowly) working on a skoolie for myself, but I own a party bus fleet and have built a dozen of those in my life. Working on one of those at the moment too...
For the party buses we usually go with cost efficient and indestructible (drunken-idiot-proof) as our primary goals. For flooring we glue down waterproof lvp directly on the original floor, but it only lasts a few years. We go directly on the old floor with the party buses to save time and money - but in your case I'd rip up the old floor, take care of any rust, and lay down a new subfloor like most skoolie builders recommend. The benefit of lvp is it allows spilled booze and mop water (and the occasional interior pressure wash) to naturally drain out through the seams and trickle down through the old holes where the bus seats were bolted down. That same benefit is our curse as liquid gets into the subfloor and rots it out.
I've considered going to roll vinyl once we use up our stock of lvp but have not solved the drain problem, unless I literally install a shower drain in strategic places? Maybe I should just demo the floor to the metal base, rust prevent, and glue my lvp without a subfloor? All things to ponder... Maybe one of those ideas would work for you?
There are a few good resources on YouTube and a ton of bad ones. Bussy mcbussface is one of my favorites for ideas or inspiration. Chuck cassidy is also a good one. Diggers custom coaches is a good one for party bus design and may have some elements that will apply to your mobile classroom build.